A Pilot Test of the Everyday StressorsIndex-Spanish Version in a Sample ofHispanic Women AttendingPrenatal Care

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Abstract

Background and Purpose:

Prenatal and postpartum psychosocial stress are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Hispanic women experience higher levels of stress during pregnancy. This pilot study assessed the psychometric characteristics of the Everyday Stressors Index-Spanish (ESI-S) version.

Methods:

Secondary analysis in a convenience sample, n = 51 women.

Results:

The ESI-S showed adequate internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = .86). Two factors accounted for 40% of the item variance. The greatest sources of stress were “having too many responsibilities” and “not enough money for basics”. Higher levels of stressors were associated with older age, living without a partner, and working part or full time. The ESI-S was positively correlated with measures of perinatal depression.

Conclusions:

Findings support the reliability and validity of the newly translated ESI-S.

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